Distillery/Brand: Glencadam | Region: Highland | ABV: 46% | Color: Sunlight
Nose: 23 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 22 | Balance: 23 | Rating: 90
I have not consumed a lot of Glencadam in my life. At least at the time of writing this post. I picked up a few expressions early on in my journey as a malt-head and simply stored them away in an attempt to build a collection.
It was only recently that I decided to give this 10 year old a chance and, I must admit, I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Nose: Very crisp and full of sharp barley. Sweet brown sugar and macaroons on rice crackers with a touch of allspice. No, seriously. I’m not kidding. After a while the nose turns green with light edamame and salt. It does keep opening up the longer you keep at it. After about 30 minutes there were scented mangoes, apricots and toffee. One of the better noses I’ve encountered of late.
Palate: The same crisp barley and toffee are back. Not the sweetest of deliveries so imagine an almost savory chunk of jaggery, toffee and mild creme brulee. The sweet notes are quite mild. However, subsequent sips bring about a white wine quality to it. Almost like a Chenin Blanc.
Finish: Minty medium with faint spices.
This is quite a lovely malt which ticks all the right boxes. But I feel it’s holding onto dear life to be good. If it lets go it just might be sensational.